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Streett, St. Clair (1893-1970)


Photograph of St. Clair Streett

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

Streett was a pioneering Army aviator, participating in the Alaska flight in 1920 and serving as a test pilot at Wright Field. He was on the staff of the Hawaiian Department when Pearl Harbor was attacked, served in training commands and in the Southwest Pacific Area, and assumed command of 13 Air Force in June 1944. He was among the Army officers perceptive enough to see the dangers of divided command in the Pacific and identify MacArthur as the problem (Hastings 2007):

At the risk of being naïve and just plain dumb, the major obstacle for a sane military solution of the problem [is] MacArthur ... even the President himself might find his hands tied in dealing with the general.

Service record

1893     

Born at Washington, D.C.
1916-8-12     
Sergeant     
Enlists in the Signal Corps and is designated a flying cadet.
1917-9-27
First lieutenant     
Commissioned in the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps
1917-12

Officer in charge of flight training, 5 Pursuit Group, France
1918-11
Captain

1920-7-1
First lieutenant
Accepts a regular commission
1920-11

Staff, Air Service
1922-7

Commander, Headquarters Detachment, Bolling Field
1924-1

Assistant chief, Airways Section, Office of the Chief of the Air Corps
1925-9

Air Corps Tactical School
1926-8

Commander, Headquarters, 1 Pursuit Group, Selfridge Field
1928-3

Chief, Flying Branch, Wright Field
1932-8

Command and General Staff School
1934-6

Chemical Warfare School
1934-9

Army War College
1935-6

Miscellaneous and Operations Section, War Plans Division, War Department
1939-6

Naval War College
1940-7
Colonel
Commander, 11 Bombardment Group, Hickam Field
1941-4

Plans and Training Officer, Hawaiian Department
1942-3

Chief, Theater Group, Operations Division, Office of the Chief of Staff
1942-11

Commander, 3 Air Force, Florida
1943-9

Commander, 2 Air Force, Colorado
1944-1

Southwest Pacific Area
1944-6
Major general Commander, 13 Air Force
1949-1

Deputy commander, Continental Air Forces (later Strategic Air Command)
1947-1

Chief, Military Personnel Procurement Service
1948-1

Air inspector, Office of the Inspector General
1948-3

Deputy inspector general, Office of the Inspector General
1949-10

Deputy commander, Air Material Command
1951-12

Special assistant to the commanding general, Air Material Command
1952-2-1

Retires
1970-10-1

Dies

References

Air Force Link (accessed 2008-11-7)

Hastings (2007)



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